Tag: vacations

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My first camping trip was to Yosemite National Park in the summer of 1999. My brothers and sisters had camped there several times and I was anxious to hike Half Dome, so I let them talk me into it. On the very first day, some of our beer was confiscated; an omen I should have […]

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Does this seem like an obvious question? I discovered that there are many answers, but for me recently, the answer wasn’t predictable, and the results of our time away were more than gratifying. We feel as if we’ve been in a war with California for a long time. Still, we’ve been planning a vacation in […]

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After our treks to the mountain carvings we planned to spend the next day making short trips.  It did not work out.  Early that morning I received a call from work with some irritating news.  I ended up spending the entire day at the camp fighting the dodgy wifi and the sporadic cell service, just […]

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The thunderstorm came on slowly from the north.  We watched the clouds flash and pulse and felt the distant rumbles of the storm.  As it neared the wind picked up, first to a warm breeze, then to a cooler insistent push.  It was time to go in.  We kept the windows open for the time, […]

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When I last left off we were on our way to our next encampment (nights 3 and 4) at Minneopa State Park, in southern Minnesota.  We had forewarned the kiddos: “We will be boondocking for the next 2 nights.  The sites do not have water or sewer hookups so bathroom and shower usage should be […]

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I kipped off of work early so that I would be ready the moment my wife returned home with the kids at the end of the school day.  The water tank was full, the fridge was stocked, smores supplies laid by, the beds were made, and I hitched up our trailer for the journey.  The […]

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